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Did Mary-Kate Olsen Get Married Secretly?

By  September 25, 2014

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Woah. Did Mary Kate Olsen and her boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy get marred in secret?

The pair have been engaged since last March, unsurprisingly keeping quite quiet about their impending nuptials. That is until they appeared in the Hamptons just a few days ago, sporting matching gold bands on their ring fingers on their left hands. The couple shared a casual lunch, but clearly were not afraid to show off their new accessories.

Mary-Kate’s possible wedding is hardly the news blitz that Lauren Conrad and her new husband, William Tell, engaged in, but would you expect anything more from one of the Olsen twins?

We’re not going to hold our breath waiting for photos of her wedding dress, but congrats to the happy couple if they are in fact married!

Stream the Entire ‘Gone Girl’ Soundtrack

By  September 25, 2014

Did he, or didn’t he? That’s the question that will plague moviegoers lured by the enigmatic disappearance that sets Gone Girl in motion. Even if you’ve read Gillian Flynn’s best-seller, Ben Affleck’s polarizing behavior as Nick, and Rosamund Pike’s convincing victimization as Amy is sure to keep you, and your emotions, on edge. With just a week left until its October 3 premiere, there’s a new piece to the puzzle that can prepare fans for the cinematic adaptation of 2012’s top mystery: the soundtrack. 

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Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor teamed with longtime collaborator Atticus Ross to concoct a score that’s just as eerie as Gone Girl’s plot line. A snippet of the work dropped late last week; now you can stream the full soundtrack on NPR. Comprising 24 songs in total, Reznor told The Wall Street Journal that the eery set had a benign inspiration: massages.

Think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors …The way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything’s OK,” Reznor said. Director David Fincher added “I was listening to that calming, placating music and thought, ‘We need to tap into this.’ The movie is about the facade of the good neighbor, the good Christian, the good wife. So the notion was to start with music that’s attempting to give you a hug.”

And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel,” added Reznor. Certainly not the peaceful retreat we associate with a spa day.   

As for teaming with Ross, Reznor says “it’s been an uncompromising, fantastic creative process.” One that’s garnered them an Oscar for the score to The Social Network, and a Grammy for soundtracking Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. “The music becomes part of the film’s DNA,” Ross told WSJ. “To create that transporting experience in the cinema, all the different elements of the film need to be one piece of art.”

Get your Gone Girl fix on NPR, and head to theaters for its premiere next Friday.

Star Scoop: Vince Vaughn Goes Rogue, A Gladiator for Game of Thrones, That SNL Doc is Happening

By  September 24, 2014

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We’ve been teased with the possibility of Vince Vaughn on season two of True Detective for a while, and now, we finally know it’s real. The comedian will take on a more dramatic role opposite Colin Farrell and two more unconfirmed leads, as Frank Semyon, a career criminal whose empire is in danger after the murder of a corrupt business partner. Hopefully Nic Pizzolatto will make room for a joke or two. [Deadline]

Olivia Pope is (almost!) always cool, calm, and collected. So it was surprising to see Kerry Washington go from gladiator to geek over… Game of Thrones?! In a late night visit to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Washington admitted to being “obsessed” with the fantasy after her parents’ own loyalty to the show. [LA Times]

Speaking of Washington and her posse at OPA, here’s a compilation of every time she, or another character on Scandal has uttered “gladiator.” Thank goodness Shonda Rhimes Thursdays are here! [Vulture]

Ignore James Franco’s bald head, and pay attention to his Instagram caption: that Saturday Night Live documentary he shot five years ago, is finally getting released. Fans will be able to stream it on Hulu Plus this Friday, ahead of SNL’s 40th season premiere.  [Instagram]

Barbra Streisand didn’t just release a new number one album. She set a record, too. Her latest work, Partners, makes her the only artist to have a number one on the Billboard 200 in each of the last six decades. [Billboard]

Dr. Dre made $620 million pretax last year, largely in part to that billion-dollar Beats by Dre-Apple merger. He not only tops Forbes’ annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2014 list, but he made more than the other 24 rappers combined. Well, then! [Forbes]

Lena Dunham Goes Digital for a YouTube Q+A

By  September 24, 2014

When Lena Dunham sat down with The New York Times to discuss her new book, she recounted an instance when Gawker published all 66 pages of its proposal online.

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“They posted it with a list of 72 reasons I was the dumbest human on earth,” she told the Times, though “there was no such list,” her interviewer noted. “It felt like such a violation to put my unedited work out into the world. As a writer, there is nothing more violating. I would rather walk down the street naked—no surprise—than to have someone read my unedited work.”

On September 30, Dunham won’t have that problem. Her collection of candid essays-meets-memoir will be released under the title Not That Kind of Girl. It will recount her therapy sessions (which she began at age 9), bed-sharing with her mom (which she did until she was 12), and even coming out to a friend’s parents in high school—a friend who wasn’t ready to tell her parents just yet.

In a late promo play for Not That Kind of Girl’s release, Dunham takes on the role of counselor, offering frank advice in a video series on YouTube. Topics ranged from being a questionable feminist to avoiding bad sex, of which she advised “having good sex takes two people who want to make each other feel good.” We just wonder whether Hannah Horvath will take any of that advice.

Is Kathy Griffin Gunning for Fashion Police?

By  September 24, 2014

When Melissa Rivers brought 1.1 million record viewers to E! for a September 19 tribute to her late mother, she gave the network her blessing to continue Fashion Police’s legacy without its main attraction. As it stands, the comedy spot will return for the Golden Globes on January 12, and Kathy Griffin could be settling in Joan Rivers’ seat.

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The Hollywood Reporter announced that E! has a shortlist of both male and female comedians to helm the show, but Griffin, a fan and friend of Rivers, is in the lead. Griffin memorably deemed Rivers a “legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind,” after her September 4 death, and continues to laud Rivers for combating norms of a male-dominated industry, and remaining tenacious through the end.

“She talked about how ‘There’s nothing they can do to me anymore. I’ve already been fired. I’ve already been insulted,’” Griffin shared on Today one day after Rivers’ passing. “… You can’t fire her because she was always going to go back to standup. She just had such a burning desire to hit the mic. And she would do QVC and her shows, but that live experience she did up until her last night, before a coma.”

E! has kept quiet on the report, but expect to see a new funny girl—or guy—on Fashion Police early next year. If it Griffin, we’re sure Rivers would be pleased.

Gone Gangster: Jada Pinkett Smith Dishes on her ‘Gotham’ Gear

By  September 23, 2014

We’re sure that cast of Fox’s Gotham is celebrating today. The series’ Monday night premiere not only drew in an impressive 8 million, but it ranked as the highest-watched show amongst men during that hour. If that weren’t enough, it became Fox’s most-viewed drama series premiere during the 8:00 p.m. hour, since 2005’s Prison Break. In other words, it’s off to a great start. 

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Perhaps a big part of the show’s success is Jada Pinkett Smith’s character Fish Mooney. She’s a badass boss who wreaks havoc and casts gloom over Gotham years before Bruce Wayne becomes Batman. In the debut episode, for instance, she gets in some unconventional (read: violent) batting practice, holds two officers hostage, and uses a young Penguin (yes, that Penguin), to—how do we put this?—rethink the purpose of a chair. Don’t believe us, just watch.

Now, if you’re a DC Comics aficionado who’s unfamiliar with Fish Mooney, don’t fret. “The great thing about Jada Pinkett’s character Fish Mooney is that it’s created completely for this show,” said chief creative officer of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns. “It’s a brand new character.” Co-star Ben McKenzie, who plays a young Detective James Gordon, says Smith is bringing Mooney to life in a “beautifully nuanced, complicated, and sexy, and dark way.” So how did Smith get into character for a figure that no one has heard of yet?

“I did a lot of research on female gangsters,” she told Glam during Christian Siriano’s Spring 2015 runway show. “I also did a lot of research of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. So I did this kind of mesh between this dope female gangster that I love, and Norma Desmond. And Griselda Blanco. She’s one of the most fiercest female gangsters that has ever lived. I did a mash-up between the two of them, and configured Fish Mooney out of that.”

As for the “gangster” attire to match Mooney’s no-nonsense attitude? Thank Sarah Burton.

“Fish definitely wears a lot of Alexander McQueen.”

Star Scoop: Leonardo Suits up for Climate Change, Bette Midler Belts it Out, Your New Madam Secretary

By  September 23, 2014

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We all know Leonardo DiCaprio loves his Toyota Prius, but his fascination with the hybrid world stretches beyond that of an eco-friendly car. Mr. Gatsby suited up for the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, where he warned of “accelerated climate change” and urged international figures to take action on a governmental level. “This is not about just telling people to change their light bulbs or to buy a hybrid car; this disaster has grown beyond the choices that individuals make,” he said. “This is now about our industries and our governments around the world taking decisive and large-scale action.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Kendrick Lamar isn’t the only one making headlines for new music. Bette Midler announced It’s the Girls today, her first album since 2006. The album will comprise covers of girl groups that have inspired Midler’s career, from 1930s group The Boswell Sisters to the 1990s icons of TLC. Yes, Midler takes on “Waterfalls.” We. Can’t. Wait! [Billboard]

It’s going to be a good season for Madam Secretary. The CBS drama, starring Téa Leoni as the United States Secretary of State, reeled in at least 14 million viewers during its series premiere Sunday night. This could be due to a huge lead-in from the Broncos-Seahawks NFL game, but we’ll see if beginners luck will strike next week when it faces off against ABC’s Once Upon a Time. [Vulture]

Speaking of good starts, enter Fox’s Gotham and CBS’s Scorpion. Both dramas opened Monday night with Gotham scoring 8 million viewers, and Scorpion piquing the interest of 14 million others. The former was not only the biggest draw amongst male viewers, but also Fox’s best drama premiere since Prison Break in 2005. [Variety]

Lena Dunham and Girls executive producer Jenni Konner are making movie magic. The pair are backing a documentary about Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn-based (duh!) bespoke suiting company that caters to the L.G.B.T.Q community. Three Suits will follow a set of transgender Bindle & Keep clients, “examining the significance of the process for a set of customers with complex gender identities.” [Vanity Fair]

Jonathan Cheban Dishes on His Secrets to the Perfect Selfie

By  September 23, 2014

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As Kim Kardashian‘s BFF, Jonathan Cheban has a wealth of experience when it comes to taking selfies and using iPhones as mirrors. In between traveling the world with the Kardashian family and launching his newest site, The Dishh, Cheban is working on a new venture, taking advantage of that knowledge gleaned from his girls. Cheban’s latest must-have is the Glam Screen – an HD Mirror screen protector and the selfie ring. Both are products that make achieving the perfect Instagram shot that much easier, but the Glam Screen is an essential for everyone. With this screen protector, gone are the days of searching for a mirror – simply use the iPhone that’s always in your hand for a mirror that’s always with you. We sat down with Cheban to talk about why everyone needs a Glam Screen on their phone and his secrets to the best selfie ever.

What brought on the idea of Glam Screen?

I basically thought there was a huge void in the phone accessory market.  I go to the mall all the time and there’s always phone accessory places. It’s the easy thing to browse. Everything was just very hardcore – lightening bolt, rough tough army grade camouflage and I was like there’s a whole void. These girls want fun stuff.

What makes this product different?

It’s like HD film so it’s like crystal clear. When you turn it on it makes the screen even clearer to read. 

Which of your celebrity friends are absolutely obsessed with this?

I have pictures of everybody – I make them hold it so you actually like see their faces. Everyone has the same reaction: “Oh my god, I love this; this is great. I don’t need to look in the mirror anymore!” It’s so funny I knew what you were going to say before you said it because there’s no one that doesn’t say the exact same thing.

What are your tips for taking great selfies?

Lighting is really important. I do have a special tip which I’m going to debut on my site. I just taught Kim about this tip and it’s awesome. You will take the best selfie with it.

1.  It’s all in the angle.  Hold the camera above your eye level, angle it down, and turn your face slightly to enhance your best side.  Bonus: no chin or neck sagging, real or otherwise!

2.  Take the selfie in Instagram.  Other apps and camera phones flip your photo so that the picture is opposite of how you see it. Instagram’s ‘right side up’ is usually more flattering, not to mention a better reproduction of what you look like to yourself.

3.  Don’t use a flash – it overexposes the photo.  Natural light creates a softer look.  Work with the filters to enhance the lighting – and if you want to get edgy, try black and white. (Here’s looking at you, Lisbeth Salander!)

4.  Forget close-ups. If you have long arms, use them to hold the camera at length to capture a distance between the camera and your face. If you don’t, invest in a selfie ring to help stabilize shaking.

5.  Look behind you. The wrong background can spoil your selfie – either because it’s ugly, embarrassing, or makes it look like you’ve got trees growing out of your head. Remember: you are (partially) your surroundings. Ignore them at your peril. 

Kendrick Lamar’s New Single Champions Self-Love

By  September 23, 2014

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid m.A.A.d city was a gem. It amassed critical acclaim and spawned conversation on its instant classic appeal. It championed the west coast’s gangsta rap origins and reminded the rest of the hip-hop world—saturated with club bangers and punchlines—that we will listen to, and appreciate, the narrative of a full album, not just a one-off hit. It showcased Lamar’s storytelling abilities and vocal range, from enraged ferocity to high-pitched hysterics. Above all, it proved that a project, not specifically built for commercial appeal could still be a mass hit.

With the drop of “i,” the long-awaited first single from his anticipated sophomore LP, Lamar seems to be gunning for a commercial success straight out of the gate. Bolstered by a sample of The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady?,” “i” is where feel-good Pharrell and an uplifting André 3000 meet. The track opens up with a preacher deeming Lamar “a young brother that stands for something” and “believes in all of us.” “He’s not a rapper. He’s a writer. He’s an author,” the speaker professes. “And if you read between the lines, you’ll learn how to love one another. But you can’t do that, without loving yourself first.”

Cue a Carlos Santana groove, Lamar’s versatile flow, and a message that will ultimately reverberate from Billboard charts and carve out a new sect of Lamar fans—those who resonate with pop more than they do a hard-hitting sound straight from Rosecrans. For loyal followers, those who’ve followed since the early 2000’s when Lamar went by K. Dot, it’s certainly a departure from “Backstreet Freestyle” and favorite “Money Trees.” If anything, “i” is a testament to Lamar’s evolution, a continuation of the joyous overtones of “Black Boy Fly” and “Now or Never.” He’s shared plenty about his hard times; let’s let him have a little fun.

Star Scoop: Running the Race, Friends Turns 20, Shonda Rhimes in Three Words

By  September 22, 2014

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Maze Runner is the latest post-apocalyptic feature to captivate audiences and bring it at the box office. The film’s weekend opener grossed $32.5 million stateside and an impressive $81.5 million worldwide. Consider it a confidence booster for Fox, which has already set the date for a 2015 sequel. [Variety]

“There’s a sustaining humor at work on the new NBC entry Friends.” So reads the opener to The Hollywood Reporter’s review of Friends in 1994. Twenty years later, the publication is commemorating the classic by republishing its original article, which deemed the series “a clumsy parody of MTV’s The Real World” with the potential to be “humorously involving.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

The New York Times hit a huge PR problem when writer Alessandra Stanley opened up an article deeming Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman.” While expertly-crafted rebuttals from the Internets and apologies from NYT ensued, more than 30 stars from Rhimes’ television empire combatted the original prose with three adjectives of their own. Read responses from Kerry WashingtonGuillermo Diaz, Viola Davis, and more. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Are you a Dr. Dre fan in need of a Detox? Don’t hold your breath. While he is releasing a new solo front—the highly-anticipated followup to 1992’s The Chronic and 1999’s 2001Detox isn’t it. “He scrapped Detox a couple years ago, and came up with another title,” says producer Dawaun Parker. Such a tease. [Billboard]

Bill Hader isn’t the only big name coming back to Saturday Night LiveJim Carrey, who guest starred on the sketch comedy show in 1996 and 2011, will be back this fall, near Dumb and Dumber To’s November 14 release. [Vulture]

Broadway’s The Lion King has no worries… for the rest of its days. Seventeen years, and counting, the mainstay has earned a whopping $6.2 billion, making it the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time. It even beat out the longest-running show in Broadway history, Phantom at the Opera, which has grossed $6 billion, to date. [Variety]

Four times are a charm for filmmaker Bryan Singer. He’s inked a deal with Fox to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, his fourth film from the Marvel franchise. You only have to wait a year-and-a-half to see how it turns out. [Deadline]